Thursday, February 14, 2013

Shelley's Bloody Valentine

Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned when his ship sunk during a tempest.  By the time he washed up on shore, the fish had eaten most of his body.  His heart, however, remained.  The organ was taken before he was cremated, and eventually ended up in the hands of Mary, who kept it in a box for the rest of her life.

Right now you're probably wondering how the woman who wrote Frankenstein could do something so morbid.  I actually give her props.  For all the corny lovebirds dropping lines about how "I gave him my heart" or "she stole my heart," Mary actually put her money where her mouth was.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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